Black History Month

What does Black History Month leave out?

When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy

African-American women were written out of the history of the woman suffrage movement.
Allan Pinkerton and Pinkerton spies, 1862.

Who Were the Pinkertons?

A video game portrays the Wild West’s famous detective agency as violent enforcers of order. But the modern-day company disagrees.

The Black Monuments Project

America is covered in Confederate statues. We can do better — and here’s how.
President Barack Obama sips water filtered water on a trip to Flint, MI, May 2016.

The Role of Water in African American History

Have historians privileged land-based models and ignored how African Americans participated in aquatic activities?
Living historian Cheyney McKnight.

Say Goodbye To Your Happy Plantation Narrative

Only a small percentage of historical interpreters are black, and Cheyney McKnight is trying to change that.
Anonymous engraving of the Battle of Vertières that ended the Haitian War of Independence.

Revolution and Repression: A Framework for African American History

Running through all of historian Gerald Horne's books are the twin themes of revolution and repression.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

“Our cultures are not dead and our civilizations have not been destroyed. Our present tense is evolving as rapidly and creatively as everyone else’s.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. was More Radical Than You Think

On the 50th anniversary of his death, it’s time to remember who he really was.
Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe march to the cemetery where their ancestors were buried following the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee (March 10, 1973).

A New History of Native Americans Responds to ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’

“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” depicts the history of American Indians as more than a story of victimhood.
The words that most frequently appeared in New York Times headlines in the 1940s.

A Brief History of the Past 100 Years, as Told Through the New York Times Archives

An analysis of 12 decades of New York Times headlines.
Civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King (1964).

“A More Beautiful and Terrible History” Corrects the Fables Told of the Civil Rights Movement

Jeneé Darden interviews Jeanne Theoharis about her most recent book, "A More Beautiful and Terrible History."